tough questions and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5pm et / 2pm pt only on al jazeera america this is al jazerra america live from new york city i am richelle carey. here are today's top stories. four men being held without charge at the guantanmo bay detention certainty have been releasereleases and returned to afghanistan. cuba's president praises his american counterpart. north korea denies its involvement in the cyber attack on zone and he insists it must be part of any investigation of that hack. and fighting isil, an an exclusive report to the front lines we'll take to you ro romai
in iraq where the fighting is intensifying. ♪ ♪ we begin tonight with news out of the guantanmo bay detention center. 14 train is have been leased from the controversial facility. they have been returned to afghanistan. they were held there for more than a decade over their alleged ties to the taliban or a al qae, however their lawyers argued the claims could be not substantiated. they are expected to be reunited with their families in the future. the u.s. has acknowledged holding 779 people at the camp to date. now 132 left there. the lowest number since the prison opened in 2002. 63 are cleared for release, but u.s. authorities say they can't send them home because the security concerns or because their home countries are unwilling to take them back. 52 countries have openly
accepted guantanmo detainees, while at least 10 were transferred for unnamed locations. he spent 13 years locked up at guantanmo was released early this month and told al jazerra about the mental anguish he endured while being in prison. >> translator: i have learned a lot from my experience in guantanmo. i was surrounded by lies. everyone was lying. from lawyers to interrogators to guards. and we later became hardwired not to believe anyone. i no longer believe anything unless i see it with my own eyes. i did not believe i would be coming here until i landed. and left the plane. i expected they may change their mind at any point while i was on board. as a muslim i have deep faith in god. that's why i am not worried about the future. i have served 13 years in guantanmo for better and for worse. joining us from pittsburgh to discuss the release of the detainees, is attorney barry wingard he served as an attorney
for one of the four released prisoners and we appreciate your time. so what will happen to these prisoners once they get home? now that they are home. what will happen? >> well, it's my understanding that once the men return home, they will be released fourth with to fair families and not have to serve any additional time in jail it's important to point out here that my client had been cleared for we lease since 2009 the unfortunate thing even being cleared he had to stay for an additional four years, during that four years his mother died unfortunately. so we welcome what the obama administration has done, but we would hope that it would be sped up in some way that more men can do the same thing as they did on friday this week. >> it's a long amount of time and a lot of things changeover the course of 10 years. families are different. so this is the first return of prisoners to a war-torn country like afghanistan since 2009.
why the change now? >> well, as the united states winds down hostilities in afghanistan the justification for holding the men in guantanmo bay seems to be waning. the status in which they were held seemed to terminate after the end of the sit sayin cessatf hostilities in afghanistan and the american soldiers return home. i think that's one part. another is that we have established that the allegations against our client were completely wrong in very many ways and luckily the united states agreed with us. and acknowledged that they couldn't proceed in any courtroom in the united states. >> so there are still 132 detainees at guantanmo, what do you -- what do you pictures from your experience to happen over the next few months or years with them? how quickly do you think that this prison will be completely em it i said if at all? >> well, there is 132 men, of those 132 men, approximately 17 are what's called high-value
detainees, guys that the united states alleged had some part in the 9/11 attacks. now, beyond those 17 guys, the remaining men 68 of which are cleared and approximately 35 are going to be indefinitely detained: the government ago no, ma'ams for thno, ma'amknowlr they cannot prosecute five more than five identity cases. i represent a kuwait -y who they built a $40 billion rehabilitation center for him to return to, to this day he is still there. in spite of the fact that the united states has acknowledged they will he never give him a trial. we are the greatest nation in the world we need to find moral justice and take the moral high road again. >> the overwhelming majority of detainees here have not been charged or tried on anything.
what are the implications for the united states for something like that having happened? >> it's my opinion is a the greatest nation on the world. there is a right and wrong. guantanmo bay represents the wrong of the 779 men who have ever been held there, can you imagine that only 15 will ever get any kind of legal proceeding? even those 15 that get the legal proceeding will be in a courtroom that's cloaked in secrecy on an offshore prison camp out of the public scrutiny in every opportunity that they get. i think it bodes very poorly for the united states, but we hope that the obamaed administration will show some leadership and get the men that they don't plan to prosecute home. luton colonel barry wingard, thank you very much.
opposition to the new policy towards cuba. protesters gathered. a majority of the protest he isers were older could you an americans, many the they were disappointed with the small turn out. it is a clear indication that cuban-americans are decided over this new policy. the new miami harold poll shows 60% of cuban-americans oppose removing cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror. 50% support steak a cuban consolate in miami. and overall 55% of cuban americans have an unfavorable opinion of president obama. three of the remaining cuban five spies freed on west as part i've prisoner are swap got a standing ovation in cuba today they were recognized by president raul castro in huh van actual they were exchanged no u.s. aid subcontractor alan gross and dozens of other
unidentified prisoners. the cuban president also praised president obama for vetting cuba-u.s. relations. >> translator: welcome the approach of president obama by opening a new chapter in the ties between our countries. and for introducing the most significant changes in u.s. policy in the last 50 years. >> the cuban leader also warned no one should expect cuba to abandon communism and that change will not come easily in the united states. gabriel elizondo reports from huh van 56789 this is a very highly anticipated speech by the cuban president because this is only the second time we have actually heard from him since wednesday. while this is a relationship between two equals between cuba and the united states with the new given matic ties and what have you, he said any change in cuba would happen on cuba's
terms. that was indicate that go he planned to keep the respect for the cuban people and decision make on the ground how cuba decides to carry on economic, diplomatic changes in the future very much in a cuban way. so he really was reaching out and saying that looking for respect and it was a speech very much for an international audience but also for a domestic audience here in cuba as well. sort of throwing a bit of cold water on a lot of expectations here that there might be a rapid change on the island which probably won't happen. it will take sometime. >> translator: we can't pretend that by improving ties with the united states cuba will renounce the ideas for which it has fought for more than a century for which its people have shed a lot of blood. >> reporter: also the cuban president as well was also brought up the issue you of cuban-american community in the
united states. especially the hard line anti-cuba folks primarily in floor. he said that they potentially might try to sabotage this process going forward. clearly there is certainly a lot of no love lost between that group and a lot of the cuban leadership here and we know that there will be a lot of opposition in the u.s. congress to this moving forward as well. here is a little bit more of what raul castro had to say about that today. >> translator: we do not ignore the criticisms that president obama has had to endure because of the said announcements by forces that are opposed to the normalization of relations with cuba. including legislators of cuban origin. >> reporter: now, here is the streets in havana and all over cuba, i can tell you that there is still a lot of anticipation of what this change really is going to mean. but after a few days now, people aron the streets of thinking abt
where does this actually go from here? raul castro's address for the nation was mostly meant to remind cubans that this very much is a country where change comes very slowly. nevertheless, though, there certainly is an air of optimism here and real excitement that is really building and about how this new relationship between the u.s. and cuba could really have real benefits for many of the cuban people here on the ground on this island nation. >> gabriel elizondo. the change in diplomatic relations comes at an important time for cuba between the u.s. embargo and a global decline in oil prices cuba's economy is struggle, al jazerra reports from miami. >> reporter: in many ways, this is the engine of cuba's economy. cuban americans who sends money home to their families represent a $2.6 billion industry. an increasingly important source of revenue as falling oil prices
put a squeeze on how much aid venezuela can sends to cube actual it's not just cash these people are sending home. those like allen and leanne, are bringing back tvs, close, and everybody car tires. >> they are for our family in cuba. all of these packets are gifts. >> reporter: so this is a daily scene here at the miami international airport. you have cuban american families heading back to have khabibulin vanna bringing basic items, car tires, potted plants, toys for children things that you get in the united states but are not available in hav havana. now with this policy change it's pictures third degree will happen more often. now they can sends $8,000 home a year, that's a four fold inning drease from what it used to be. company that his process remittances will no longer need a special license to do their business. u.s. companies will also be able to export a list of items that includes things like building materials and even infra
structure. and with a largely untapped market of 11 million people just 90 miles from the coast of florida, scenes like these will likely get bigger as they open to their old cold warre warren . 2nypd police officers were killed in brooklyn early today think they were shot in their patrol car by a single gunman, the suspect reportedly they would in to fled into is a subwn reportedly killed himself. the last time a new york city police officer was killed in the line of duty was 2011. washington and pyongyang trade barks ove barbs over the y hacking. the president of egypt meets with a high-ranking official from qatar. and the weather could make holiday travel difficult next week. we'll have your forecast. ♪
♪ ♪ north korea is strongly denying responsibility for the cyber attack on sony. on friday president obama said the fgi's evidence points directly to pe pyongyang. today north korea helped to over unfounded rumors being spread by the us. courtney kealy has the story. >> reporter: according to a statement by an unidentified north korean foreign ministry spokesman in pyongyang, north korea knows how to prove it's not responsible for the hacking. it also warned washington of serious consequences if the offer of the joint investigation is rejected. the fbi consulted with several u.s. government agencies and department and concluded that pyongyang is responsible. it cited several factors. links to other malware north korean actors previously
developed. including similarities in code and encryption algorithms, investigators all traced several internet protocol addresses associated with known north korea infrastructure. and they found similarities to a cyber attack launched by north korea in march 2013 against south korean banks and media outlets. president obama put north korea on notice that the united states will strike back for the cyber attack. >> they caused a lot of damage. and we will respond. we will respond flo proportionay and we will respond in a place and time and manner that we choose. >> reporter: the cyber attack was apparently motivated by sony less movie "the interview." forting a satire cal assassination plot against the leader of north korea. hackers stole movie description, personnel information, and confidential e-mails from sony's network prompting the movie giant to suspends the release of
the movie. major theater chains across the u.s. chose not to screen the fill. north korean leaders have made it clear for months they see nothing fun any the sony comedy that was supposed to be released christmas day. in a june letter to secretary general ban ki-moon called it an undissized sponsor is of terrorism as well as an act of war. they have sophisticated sire saying bureau 121 is composed of hands picked computer experts that serve as part of north korea's military-run spy agency. but back in washington they said north korea has a long history of denying responsibility for destructive and provocative actions. if the north korean government wants to help they can admit their culpability and competent sony for the damages this attack caused. courtly kealy, al jazerra. >> joining us to discuss the recent news about the psych particular on zone is a dominick romano an entertainment attorney. we appreciate you coming in.
so we are hearing these huge numbers about what a loss, financially what a blow this is to sony. >> right. >> do studios have insurance for things, maybe not exactly like this, but insurance at all? >> they typically do. >> okay. >> but it depends on how the threat is categorized here. and this is an interesting situation in that the studio is decided to pull the release. and you know, they are also blaming the distributors in a sense, the theater chains that refused to show it. >> that's what they say they say the five major theater chains did not do it and perhaps smaller chains could have chosen to do it, why didn't sony go that route? >> it's interesting because when they announced they weren't going to exhibit they said that they had no plans for distribution and then when the president made those comments the response of the head of sony was, well, we are exploring alternative distribution channels. i think they are backtracking a little bit. i think this is perhaps a collective 235eu failure to stap to a rogue regime that's made an
unprecedented threat on u.s. soil. >> actually, george klin clooned that the world has changed on your watch and you weren't everybody paying attention. what is the precedent for what we are seeing here? >> the damage that was inflicted in terms of the cyber attack, is not precedented in our history. koreans allegedly launched a similar attack on south korea, and the fingerprints are similar in that it was broadcasters and banks, but unlike the typical cyber thief who just takes the information, there they wiped out information on the servers which appears to be been done to sony as well. so you have reputational damage, you have lost information, you have salaries being released, sense at this confidential scripts out there. >> the effects could actually be years to come quite frankly? >> a chilling effect on people doing business with the studio. >> so where are sony's allies. perhaps sony didn't stand up to this depending on how you
characterize it because there weren't other studios backing them up. the ceo of sony said in an interview that he has gotten no support from zoo studios. could they have all pushed back against this? >> the competitors could have stepped up and didn't. and the theater chains could have. but they let a dictator set the agenda to censor what americans would watch in the upcoming weeks. >> it's remarkable really. so the idea that people may still be able to see the movie perhaps streaming might that happen? how complicate second degree that? >> i think it's pretty much a sure bet eventually the movie will be seen and have a much bigger audience. >> much bigger audience. >> than it would have had. so congratulations north korea. >> absolutely. this is going to be fascinating for weeks and months to come. it's affecting a lot of people. dominick romano entertainment attorney thank you so much. >> thank you. >> absolutely. egypt has detained nearly 10,000 people in year. 10,000. according to an aide to a interior minister.
they call it a crack down on people attempt tig to prevents egypt's development. among those detained islamist, right utters, secular critics many arrests have been with interim nation the security any but they say they prevented 400 terrorist attacks. among those held three of our al jazerra colleagues, party greste, mo ham owed fahmy and ba mar mohamed are serving sentences for did he fating egypt and spreading falls news which we deny. the issue of the jailed journal assists came up during a meeting between egypt's president abdel fattah ali see an al el-sisi. qutar backed egypt's previous president. he was all of theed in 2013 following mass protests. el seel-sisi was he collected president in june. the president says it's making gains against isil but at a heavy cost. the cost against the group in
iraq and syria have already topped $1 billion. meanwhile, new video up loaded to the internet friday appears to show isil forces targeting sites in syria's northern region of aleppo and shows them parading a man taped for a cross. who was reportedly executed afterwards. an iraq kurdish peshmerga fighters in the sinjar mountains and romadi. the latest on these two front in the fight against isil. >> reporter: kurdish forces on the offensive. determined to secure the significant gains they say they have made against isil in the sinjar mountains. it's where at least 1,000 families from the yazidi community are taking refuge. they have been under siege for more than two months. >> this is an operation that happened under the hospices of
the president barzani himself to move from here all the way to mt. sinjar to liberate a vast area and to be able to rescue those gentleman seed i people that are trapped on mt. sinjar. >> reporter: kurdish forces say they have gained nearly 700 square cloc kilometers of what s isil held territory. this opens the way for stranded families to leave. but they have to navigate through land mines planted by isil fighters. this is the village about 50-kilometers from sinjar. burned outhouses and bullet-riddled walls are everywhere. evidence of the fierce fighting that took place here. kurdish forces say they are now marching towards isil's main military base in the city. but they say they have a limit to what they can achieve on their own. >> we do not want peshmergas to
be the only ones going in to the areas to have some political ramifications. liberation of mosul will require participation of our forces, especially the iraqi government, military. >> reporter: forces here in erbil say more than 8,000 peshmerga fighters were involved in the operation to break the siege of the sinjar mountains. but knowing how fast isil could change its tactics in the battlefield, their commanders say that the fight for sinjar could still be far from over. on the other frontline of romadi, the battle for the strategic city is getting more intense. parts of the city lie in ruins. the result of frequent shelling for most of the last year. air strikes by coalition forces have also caused damage here. like the rest of anbar province there are regular battles on the city's deserted streets between militias loyal to isil and the
iraqi government forces. troops from the armies golden battalion are leading the onslaught from the government side. many people displaced by the fighting accuse the battalion of using excessive force and destroying their homes. the forces argue that most houses are either being used by isil or are laden with explosives. those who own those houses know it will take a long time for the fighting to stop. and even locker before they return to their homes. mo aheamohamed ado you. protesters flood the mall of america. details on what could be one of the worst flu seasons in years.
releases from that jail in cuba. men were released last night after 10 years in captivity. all four were considered low-level detainees by the pentagon. they were flown for kabul aboard a u.s. military plane. there are now 132 prisoners left at guantanmo bay. cuban president raul castro is plowedded president obama's policy change but warns cuba will not give up its communist ideology and change will not come easily. north korea says it has nothing to do with the psych air tack on zone and i they are offering to help investigate the hacking and warned of serious consequences if that offer is refused. the national security council says if north korea wants to help they can pay zone foyt damage they caused. the centers for disease control says carmel apples are the source of a deadly listeria outbreak in the u.s. so far five people have died from that bacteria nationwide. the carmel apples are commercially produce produced ad prepackaged but say they don't know which brands are affected.
flu season shaping up to be one of the worst in years. accord to this cdc, the flu is considered widespread in 14 states. the midwest and south are the hard effort hit. public and private schools in georgia, north carolina and tennessee are starting christmas break early because as many as 30% of their students and staff have been out sick. in illinois and ohio some schools were shutdown to be disinfectioned. half of them have been cause booed i a mutated strain of the virus which this year's vaccine cannot prevent. but officials say it's still worth getting a flu shot because it offers some protection especially against zoo strain that his might become more prevalent in the coming weeks, the worst of the flu season expected -- isn't expected until late july or february. so this is not it. souper bugs, bacteria resistence to antibiotics are a growing threat. according to one recent report, they could one day kill more people every year than cancer. now researchers say super bugs in brazil could spell trouble to
the upcoming olympics, morgan radford reports. >> reporter: the beautiful waters of rio de janeiro. a vacationer's paradise for sen centuries but more recently the home of a super bacteria. brazilian scientist have his found a bug powerful enough to be resistent to antibiotics in a bay that hosts sailing in vents in the 2016 rio summer oral games. the bacteria produces an an enze called kpc. the kind of germ usually only found in hospital waste. so how exactly did it get in to the waters of rio? well, more than half of the water that flows in to the bay is actually sewage. so far it's not causing much alarm among beach goers. >> translator: i come to this beach all the time. i am not worried. >> translator: it's polluted but it's not a big deal. you just jump in if you want to be refreshed. >> reporter: but the world health organization is worried. it's issued a worldwide warning about the rise of super bugs.
doctors say antibiotics resistent strains of bacteria have spread all over the planet and could even lead to a, quote, post antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries could once again kill. the world health organization calls the problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine. and a new report from the british government paints a 90ing stat cat picture. right now antibiotic resistent drugs account for about 23,000 deaths a year. but the report says super bugs could kill more than 10 mill i don't know people a year by 2050 and the cost of treating the those super bugs a thorwn hal 100 april i don't know dollars. in the mean time doctors need to stop giving out so many antibiotics. >> we are trying to reserve them for the patients that need them f we treat with with an antibiotic we do it for the minimum duration. >> morgan radford reporting
there. unites nations second ban ki-moon is visiting the west african countries hit hardest by the ebola outbreak praising health work force their effort. the u.n. secretary general also promise today help countries rebuild their healthcare system now. the accord to this latestest bates by the cdc liberia has the most deaths. with over 3,000. that brings the number of deaths to almost 7400. south africa's fight to raise aids awareness. tania page has more. >> reporter: several children have been raped in this part of johannesburg recently. some men believe having sects with a child will cure them of hiv. it's criminality fueled by ignorance and often alcohol. which makes the venue for this community meeting all the more
unlikely. but this spa's owner is happy to help activists from one of south africa's most respects organizations. yet the treatment action campaign is facing a funding crisis. meetings like this could be the first services cut. it upset upsets her who was diad with hiv14 years ago. >> these days ebola is the epidemic that's all anybody wants to put money on. forgetting hiv and other illness that his people are still dieing of. after ebola something will come up. >> how does a virus cause a syndrome? it can't. >> reporter: activists lids the charge against the denialism of south africa's former president. thousands of people protested for life saving anti-retro virals to be made available. this was hiv aids activist at its peak. but every day the work of hiv aids awareness activists continue on a much smaller scale.
it's about reaching out to individuals and making sure that the message gets across that the battle against the virus is far from over. and should be fought by everyone. the south african government has spent millions of dollars creating the biggest anti-retro viral program in the world. but as the tac's director discusses more don ors they say there is no time to relax. >> we have two 1/2 million people on treatment and people are not adhering to their medicines so there are all sorts of red lights flashing which say we have to keep our commitment. we have gone very far with hiv but we have to go further. >> reporter: the board is hopeful it will find the money, without activists like this, south africans may never have faced up to the scale of the problem. the virus may not kill as many people as it used to, but it's the third leading cause of death here. it will take time and money to change that. tania page, al jazerra,
johannesburg. pakistan says the man behind this week's deadly attack on a school may have been killed in an air strike. he had taken responsibility for the attack in a video. and said more attacks would target military families. al jazerra's caroline malone reports. >> reporter: the pakistani military says it's killed a anything of taliban fight ores n the outskirts of the town including a local commander. the operation took place as anger grows in pakistan days after an attack on children by the taliban. thousands of supporters of a political party protested in karachi against the taliban. >> we condemn the taliban of today and yo unite all pakistans against the taliban, because we know that as long astill ban in pakistan can go further and we need to deal with the terrorism and extremism. >> reporter: security is tight outside the army-run school that
taliban fighters stormed on tuesday. they killed more than 130 children and injured many others. people now fear more attacks. >> translator: children and me whether they are safe in school. and my kids and me the same thing. the same thing could happen to them. the government should have a permanent solution for this. >> reporter: the taliban has pockets of public support across the country. but critics gathered outside the city's red mosque who they accuse of being sim pa get together taliban a case has been registered against the head cleric who tried to justify the attack. one of the things the government has done is to lift a six-year moratorium on the death penalty. two men found guilty for separate attacks were executed on friday. >> it's a great national tragedy because in the past, the extremists have destroyed schools, but never targeted children like this. just like 9/11 changed the united states forever, in fact the world forever, this is this
kind of our mini 9/11. >> reporter: from anger against the taliban to grief for the young victims. it seems clear tuesday's attack has affected thousands of other people across pakistan. caroline malone, al jazerra. israeli forces carried out an air strike in the ga gaza stp overnight. they hit a ma khabibulin mass facility in response to a rocket fired in gaza early friday. it's the first such action since they agreed to a truce in august. the trying ended seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2200 people. most of them palestinians. up next on al jazerra america, families who have struggled to come together fight now to stay together. also it's going to be a busy, busy week for holiday travel and look at weather, if it will cooperate. and the use of e-cigarettes as eclipses the use of standard cigarettes by teens. should more states be banning the devices? all that and more just ahead.
the president, his family and that does include the two dogs, landed in hawaii early this morning to begin their annual holiday vacation. the tropical visit to the president's childhood home is a tradition now for the obamas. the first family is expect today stay in hawaii through knew years. hundreds of protesters shutdown part of the mall of america in minnesota today. the group black lives matter minneapolis organized the demonstrations against police brutality. it was the latest in a series of protests across the country. they follow the decisions in missouri and new york not to charge white police officers who killed unarmed black men. another police shooting provoked mass protests in milwaukee on friday demonstrators temporarily should down interstate 43 in both directions. more than 70 people were arrested. residents were angry over the fatal shooting of dontre hamilton last april. he was shot 14 times by milwaukee police officer christopher manning. protesters are pushing the district attorney to indict manning. he has since been fired.
same-sex marriage will soon be legal in florida. late friday the supreme court struck down a request to block game marriages in the state. a federal judge previously declared florida's ban on sake-sex weddings undon cushional. couples can get married starting january 6th. 30 stays plus washington, d.c. recognize same-sex marriages. some families living in united states illegally have struggled for years with the fear of being divided president obama's new immigration plan will help some, but not all a kalin ford went to trenton, new jersey where she met failly with renewed hope as they fight stay together. >> reporter: birthdays, new babe babies, we haddings vacations. memories that franklin and sandra have always shared with their children through photos. but for more than a decade, there were no photos of all five of them together. franklin came to the u.s. first in 2002. two years later, sandra
followed. this was the last photo of her taken with her sons before she immigrated. the decision to bring the boys who lived with their grandparents to the u.s. illegally was a difficult one. >> translator: it's a country full of crime. where my oldest son, who is 15 years old, already had people looking at him to be a good body guard. or a gang member. so it was a decision whether to leave my sons to live there, to have them live in danger for their entire lives, or have them risk their lives for two weeks and be able to be with us more. >> reporter: franklin and sondra say they sold many of their possession to his raise the $12,000 needed to pay a smuggler to help them cross the border. emanuel was only 10 when he made his way from mexico to texas. >> translator: they told us that we have to memorize the password because they work with the narcos and if we didn't tell them the number he gave us, they would kill us right there and nba that place. we wrote them down on our hands, our arms, our shoes. >> reporter: manuel, pablo and the other three children were caught at the boarder and
detained. they were eventually release today a social worker who brought them here to new jersey. it was the first time manuel had ever met his father, eight-year-old melissa is the family's only u.s. citizen. >> translator: when he saw my parents i didn't cry because i came here with so much anger. and when my sister hugged me i hit her. now i feel bad because i had this anger but she was the one that sacrificed for bring us here. >> reporter: now the family is fight to go stay together again. this fall agents from immigration and customs enforcement came to the door with a deportation order against sandra. >> one of the agents wanted to handcuff me here in the house but the other saw my daughter was crying a lot and yelling, mom i, momy, mommy, don't go. so the other agent told her to handcuff me outside because it would traumatize my daughter. >> reporter: she was finger precipitationed and released now under the executive action taken by president obama in november. the couple believes she's no longer a did h deportation prioy but not sure about their sons coming off the january 2010 cut off will be so luckily.
they say they worry that president obama's action doesn't go far enough in protecting the dream they have had for so long. to raise their children here together. >> translator: for the first we are making plans, we are excited. we'll see what happened this christmas because for so many years i waited for all of us to go here toke. >> reporter: but living together as family, around the same table, is still an uphill battle and one they know is far from over. kalin ford, al jazerra, trenton, new jersey. thousands of trying to become americans. there is another couple gladly giving up their citizenship. they are americans living a broad. they still love their country but think it's not fair to pay taxes in two places, so their u.s. citizenship has to go. mary snow has the story. >> reporter: would you give up your citizenship to avoid paying taxes? thousands of americans are doing just that. giving up their passports in record numbers in order to avoid paying a new tax as parts of the foreign account tax compliance act.
or fatca. the critics say that it has caused a threefold increase in the number of american americans surrendering their passports. 7,246 americans renounces their citizens ship. that's compared to only 1,721 in the four years prior to fatca becoming law. created in 2010 by kong congress it was initially intend today crack down on overseas tax cheats, in fact the congressional research service projected fatca would generate $8.7 billion over 10 years. it imposes a 30% tax on americans who have money in foreign banks that aren't cooperating with the irs. those are banks and countries that refuse to identify and provide information on their american clients. critics say fatca has gone too far. is too draconian and imposing an undue hardship on americans living owe seize, so says dan
mitchell. from a libertarian think tank in washington. >> it's causing lots of heartacheheartaches and headachd the world not only for foreign financial institutions but also for overseas americans who are now being treated as pariahs because financial institutions view them as very, very costly to service. >> reporter: the u.s. is one of the few countries which taxes its citizens based on nationality. not residency. and faced with a larger tax bill, thousands of americans living overseas would rather give up their passports than pledge allegiance to uncle sam. evening the irs is reported that, quote, the foreign account tax compliance act has the potential to be burdensome, overly broad and detrimental to taxpayer rights. united states is one of the few countries to have extra territorial taxation, so an american living and working in some some countries is required to not only pay tax to that country where they live, but then also file a tax return to the u.s. no other civilized country does
that. >> reporter: one thing is clear, for an increasing number of u.s. sit since, holds on the ground to a bigger share of their money has become more important than holding on to their american passport. mary snow, al jazerra. a warning from the state department today for traveling abroad. americans are urged to be extra cautious over the holidays being a worldwide travel alert was issued friday. it says u.s. citizens should be mindful that terrorist groups can pose unpredictable threats in public venues, owe this alert suggests attacks occur in hotels, shopping areas, places of worship and, yes, even schools. and speaking of travel, a big week of trail is coming up. so rebecca stevenson is here to tell us what kind of weather we can expect, had i rebecca. >> meteorologist: right now we are getting all the rainfall in the west coast slippery spots around boston, but other than that the focuses the west. this is an atmospheric river you can see this plume of moisture stretching all the way across the pacific and slamming right now in to oregon, and north
california and getting so much rainfall out of this that flood watches have been popping up all along everyone the coastline where we've got these high tides coming in. astronomically high tides plus these huge waves smashing in to the coastline for the san francisco bay area, a little north california, we have that coastal flood advisory that will continue until tonight and then slowly ease off a bit. the moisture is so massive it's 10 to 20 times the amount of the water in the mississippi river. that's how much moisture is coming in. we need the front lifting it up and dump being the rain down in addition to that lift, we've got the mountains which will bring even more rainfall. in fact from today's shot we are expect to go see up to 10-inches of rainfall in the oregon cascades. it's getting so warm the snow levels are lifting up and we are getting snow changing over to rainfall and that's only increasing the flood threat on the local rivers.
especially for as we get in to the cat indicatethecascades of o oregon. portland oregon is somewhat protected by the coast range mountains and you are still approaching one inch of rain today. that's in a 24 hour pert. two landslides already reported highway 101, it was fully blocked in one spot. partial in the other. due to the slide. so we are going to be monitoring this to see if they are able to clear it out much more quickly. but a lot of people like to go to the coast like of washington and oregon and watch these massive storms come n especially with the waves crashing in. not a good time to do that definitely today. but 101 being closed in places is going to be a bigger problem. so, our big warnings areas are definitely in the west and that's where we've got the flooding to the west, the cat indicates, even stretching in to the lower columbia basin of oregon. that's a lot of water coming in. and it continues through tomorrow. so saggy day. and then we get in to later this week. wednesday, thursday, we are going to have a storm system
developing on the east coast. that's going to have some incredibly cold winds slamming around in to kentucky, tennessee, and ohio too. ohio is right where we are going to start to see the mix of rain and snow and have some slippery roads, heavier rain closer to coastline and, yes, we get another storm for the west on the same days. and that's right when we have all the travel on christmas eve that we'll be watching those storms. >> absolutely. thank you very much. u.s. automobile recalls surpassed 60 million for the thursday time in a single year according to an analysis of data by the national highway traffic and safety administration, will have double the previous annual record. it largely follows to prevent more death from g.m. ignition switches and air bags. the number is expected to rise as recalls are recorded in the database. the use of electronic cigarettes is is on the rise especially among teenagers. according to a new government study e-cigarettes has surpassed
smoking among teens and it's sparking a debate about public health. >> reporter: victoria randolph picked up her first cigarette at the age of 16. today this teenager prefers puffing on this. randolph is smoking an electrotonic cigarette. >> they have instagram pages and face booming pages and youtube channels that teach you how to build them and all the stuff. it's a wheel, you know, it's a culture. >> reporter: it's a battery-powered nicotine infused vapor riser growing in popularity among u.s. teenagers. before the e-cigarette, randolph says she was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. do you feel any different? >> i feel healthier. >> reporter: you do? >> i don't have the cough. i don't have the cough and like the hacking that i had when i was speaking cigarettes.
>> reporter: e-cigarette use among teens has surpasses the use of traditional cigarettes. 17% of high school seniors have reportedly used e-cigarettes compared to 7% smoking cigarettes. parents should be alarmed says this doctor. >> the message is we really don't know very much about these cigarettes, we don't know the extent to which they are act as a gateway drug for kids then to transition in to tobacco, cigarettes or other drugs that -- such as cocaine or marijuana. >> reporter: e-cigarettes are not regulated by the food & drug administration. and it's also still unclear if there are any short or long-term health effects from using these devices. the uncertainty has ignited nationwide debate. with flavors such as chocolate and bubble gum, there are also
concerns that electronic devices are marketed towards children. 10 states, including the district of columbia, do not have laws barring children from buying e-cigarettes. michigan is one of them. state lawmakers here are looking to ban sales to minors. randolph, meantime, is ready to kick the habit. >> i was using it to try to quit and i i still am. >> reporter: e-cigarettes are estimated to be a nearly $2 billion industry. clouded in controversy, the fda is expected to ban sales to anyone under 18. so far, nothing has been finalized. al jazerra, detroit. when we come back in a world gone digital how the future of film projection assists is fade to go black.
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the it shows the space craft hurdling in to the earth's atmosphere. it lasts less than 10 minutes and end with the cap sewell landing in the pacific ocean. for nearly a century hollywood films -- movies were synonymous with film. some are trying to save fill and preserve hollywood history. >> reporter: it's old-fashioned technology in a digital age. >> it has a torn proof. >> reporter: handling relation of 35 millimeter fascinates carolyn funk, but jobs like hers as a movie pro gentlemennist are becoming increasingly rare. >> i have been doing did for 10 years, it's only become more interest in that particular time frame because film production has become obsolete in that time. >> reporter: until very ye recey
this is how all movies were seen, now 95% of u.s. theater have convert today digital projectors cutting down on shipping and labeling costs. >> ? something has to be changed at the last minute it can get in to the theater quicker than getting a reel, having a professional in-house assemble it. spool it through a projector, run it, and then dismantle it at the end and ship it back to the studios. >> reporter: this manhattan theater dust affidavit its old projectors recently for the epic space odyssey interstellar. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: nine movie was released early to theaters that showed it on film at the insistence of its director christopher nolan. while the quality of digital continues tomorrow prove, nolan and others insist analogue film is still the superior format. watching a move on film has become a rare treat, increasingly reserved for museums like this one debts indicate today the movie image in new york.
and art house theaters. but digital formats still have their limitations. especially when it comes to preservation, say industry insiders. the criterion collection is a company that specializes in restoring analogue films to digital for the home movie market. >> let's say today you shoot a film digitally and you lose your hard drive or it doesn't work, which hands a lot. how many times have you put in a drive that doesn't work? because downtown have the right adaptor anymore, technology has changed computer doesn't read it. the film is going to work. >> i think it's the responsibility of institution to his put pressure directors, you know, studios to keep making prints like museums and or fives and they have to demands it. they have to say this is important are it's what our audiences want to see. >> reporter: without that pressure film tradition risks being left on the cutting room floor. al jazerra, new york. santa clause took a dive for a good cause today, wearing scuba gear santa went town
30 feet we later surface in the national marine sank ware knit florida keys, this is an annual tradition and, yes, it is a fundraiser for children's charities. look at that. i am richelle carey in new york, "real money" is next ill he be back at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific. have a good night and keep it right here. >> august 25, 2014. michael brown is laid to rest by his family and friends